Pet counselor receives dog trainer certification

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor, a pet behavior counselor at the Roice-Hurst Humane Society in Grand Junction, has been certified as a professional dog trainer.

Taylor earned the designation after passing the Certified Professional Dog Trainer knowledge assessment administered by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

“It feels good to demonstrate that I have the knowledge the council feels is necessary to perform as a professional dog behavior consultant and trainer,”  Taylor said. “I am excited to continue
learning and be able to share information and ideas on how dog owners in our community can always be improving their relationship with their canine.”

“When Laura interviewed at Roice-Hurst for the events and volunteer coordinator, she told me her ultimate goal was to learn to work with the shelter’s dogs and eventually become a dog trainer,” said Anna Stout, chief executive officer. “When that position opened up, it seemed natural to move Laura into it and support her in obtaining this important credential. We’re proud to see her achieve that goal.”

The Roice-Hurst Humane Society operates a nonprofit shelter and adoption center that provides housing, medical treatment and care for dogs and cats as well as resources for pet owners. For more information, visit the website located at